The Duchess of Cambridge took part in a moving video call with two holocaust survivors, Zigi Shipper, 91, and Manfred Goldberg, 90 this week…
The call was set up to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January).
The gentlemen who spoke to the Duchess met in a Nazi concentration camp in 1944 and survived the ordeal. They met again by chance many years later, and have been firm friends ever since. In an emotional video call, they described their experiences in the camps, and the horrors they witnessed.
“It was a daily lottery to survive,” said Goldberg.
However, Shipper also teased the Duchess in a lighter moment during their conversation. Recalling their first meeting with the Duchess and her husband, Prince William in Stutthof, in Poland, in 2017, Zigi Shipper said, “I was so happy, you know. I didn’t need your husband. You are the one that I wanted.”
The Duchess had a good laugh, and said that she’d pass on Zigi’s regards to her husband nevertheless.
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At the end of the video call, Duchess Kate lauded the two gentlemen. “The stories that you have both shared with me again today and your dedication in educating the next generation, the younger generations, about your experiences and the horrors of the Holocaust shows extreme strength and such bravery in doing so, it’s so important and so inspirational.”